The Venezuelan opposition on Sunday said it was set to return to Barbados to continue talks with representatives of the South American country's government that were launched in May and are being mediated by Norway.
A group of delegates representing the speaker of the national assembly, Juan Guaido – who has been recognized by more than 50 nations as Venezuela's interim president – will meet with representatives of the government headed by President Nicolas Maduro.
"Delegation appointed by the President-in-charge, Juan Guaido, returns to Barbados to continue, expeditiously, with the Oslo negotiating mechanism to bring about the change that will put an end to the suffering of Venezuelans," tweeted the Center for National Communication, which coordinates Guaido's media outreach.
The opposition delegation is made up of the second vice-president of the national assembly, Stalin Gonzalez, the former mayor of Baruta (Caracas district), Gerardo Blyde, and the former Minister of Transport and Communications Fernando Martinez Mottola (1992-93).
So far, there has been no news of the delegates of the Maduro government – Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez; the governor of the state of Miranda, Hector Rodriguez, and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza – leaving the country for Barbados.
The new round of talks will continue, as announced by the Norwegian foreign ministry, after the parties met in Caracas to discuss how to advance in the negotiations.
The government and the opposition held meetings last week over three days to address six issues that, according to the Maduro administration, had been agreed upon.
However, the topics discussed at the meetings have not been disclosed.
During those meetings, it was also agreed to create a permanent table that will work in a continuous and fast manner to reach an agreement.
At this week's round of meetings, all parties will return to the table amid reports of the arrest of two of Guaido's bodyguards, whom the government accused of allegedly attempting to sell five rifles that were stolen from the Bolivarian National Guard.
However, Guaido has denounced the move as a set-up by the Chavista administration.
Venezuela is living through a period of maximum political tension since last January, when Maduro was sworn in for another six-year term following elections that were described as illegitimate by the opposition and a section of the international community.
In response, Guaido proclaimed himself interim president based on specific articles of the Venezuelan constitution.